Ag Groups Say Japan's Tariffs May Undermine TPP Talks

Law360, New York (December 19, 2013, 2:25 PM EST) -- A slew of U.S. agriculture industry groups said Wednesday they would likely oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership if a final version of the agreement didn't require Japan to eliminate tariffs on virtually all U.S. agricultural exports.

In a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, 17 agriculture industry groups, including the National Pork Producers Council and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, said they had each previously encouraged a “comprehensive, high-standard” TPP agreement, but that Japan had not come to the negotiating table with a proposal on agricultural...
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